A charter school saved my autistic son from a life of mediocrity

It’s not all that uncommon to see somewhat unhinged attacked on charter schools as a waste of tax dollars, privatizing public education, or a stealth way to enact vouchers. Those kinds of accusations never held weight with me before. Now that I have a child in a charter school, it’s much more personal. Quite frankly, the public school system as it currently stands would have pushed him into a life a mediocrity. I have two autistic children, one of whom started kindergarten this year. He was in the early intervention program…

Buzz: Who Will the Board of Education Hire as State Superintendent?

Applications are in and interviews will begin soon. Since a GRAMA request won’t divulge who has applied for the Utah State Superintendent job opening, here’s who we have heard has applied. If we’re wrong and one or two of these haven’t applied, well, maybe they ought to. Martin Bates, Superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has been in his current post since 2010 and is frequently mentioned for the job. Prior to appointment as Granite Superintendent, Bates was an Assistant Superintendent in the Granite District over Administrative and Legal Services. All three of Bates’ degrees,…

To the Utah Board of Education: Don’t Rush to Replace Menlove

Utah’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove is retiring, and the questions raised by his exit from the State Office of Education don’t have anything to do with the LDS mission he may serve with his wife. Selected unanimously by the state school board after just ninety minutes of deliberation in 2012, the process of Menlove’s appointment was seen as less than thorough by some legislators, though none criticized the selection itself. Menlove is well-regarded throughout Utah, with Governor Gary Herbert and former State Superintendent Patti Harrington thanking him for his…